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COVID-19 is Raging: Health Department Urges Residents to Seek Vaccines and Boosters

Submitted by gallagha on Tue, 12/07/2021 - 14:56

 

MAYVILLE, N.Y.: – The Chautauqua County Health Department urges unvaccinated residents to access vaccine, and for those who are fully vaccinated to get a booster dose if their second dose was at least six months ago for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or two months ago for the J&J vaccine.

 

“COVID-19 is surging in Chautauqua County and the entire region,” said Public Health Director Christine Schuyler. “The threat of COVID-19 infection spread and severity of illness are totally unpredictable but the unvaccinated are at such higher risk of severe illness and death. If you or your loved ones are not vaccinated, please reconsider.  If you are fully vaccinated, please get a booster dose as indicated because research is showing that immunity from doses of vaccine received several months ago is waning. Especially if you are over 65 or have underlying health conditions, including pregnancy, do not let your guard down!”

 

The Chautauqua County Health Department announces the following COVID-19 vaccination clinics:

 

Anyone Ages 12 and Up
First, second, and third doses, as well as booster shots will be provided to any eligible persons, as long as supplies last. Pfizer is available to anyone ages 12 and up; Moderna is available to anyone ages 18 and up; Johnson & Johnson is available to anyone 18 and up. Vaccines will be provided at no cost to participants. Participants must bring proper identification to the clinic and wear a mask.

 

Please bring your vaccine card to all clinics. Dates of prior vaccinations must be entered during the registration process, so have your card ready when pre-registering.

 

Location: Jamestown Community College Physical Education Building (290 Curtis St. Jamestown, NY)

 

Children Ages 5-11 Only
Only the pediatric Pfizer vaccine will be offered. Consent must be provided at the clinic by a parent or legal guardian. Visit chqgov.com to register, printing the consent forms prior to clinic will speed up your visit.

 

Location: Chautauqua Lake Central School gymnasium
 

 

Additional clinics will be added to the Chautauqua County Health Department website as they are planned. Please monitor the webpage for the most up-to-date information and to pre-register for clinic events: https://chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccination-clinics.

 

General booster information

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for emergency use for children ages 5-11 in two-dose series. The vaccine for this age group has been formulated specifically for this age group and is a lower dosage than that of the vaccine approved for those 12 and up. In addition to County Health Department clinics, parents may also contact their pediatrician, family health care provider, or pharmacist to inquire about the vaccine. A list of pharmacies that provide the vaccine to this population will be maintained on the County’s website, chqgov.com, and updated as we become aware of any changes.

 

Booster guidance was issued by the FDA and CDC late last week. For individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines, the CDC issued recommendations for a single booster dose six months or more after initial series for all persons ages 16 and up.

 

The CDC has also issued recommendations for a single booster dose for those individuals who previously received a primary dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, at least two months after the administration of the first dose.

 

The booster dose should be given using the same vaccine manufacturer that the person received for the primary series. If the same product used for the primary series is no longer available, or a different COVID-19 vaccine is desired, any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine can be used for the booster dose, according to FDA and CDC guidance.

 

The FDA and CDC continue to recommend a third dose of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna) for people with immunocompromising conditions. 

 

Those with questions about their individual health and whether a vaccine is recommended for them, specifically, should reach out to their healthcare provider in advance of clinic registration.

 

A tremendous amount of credible COVID-19 information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/.

 

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